A Casebook of Murder: A Compelling Study of the World's Most Macabre Murder Cases

By Colin Wilson

From the bestselling writer of THE OUTSIDER

Colin Wilson, co-author of the bestselling ENCYCLOPEDIA OF homicide, has written a definitive quantity at the world's significant circumstances of violent homicide. In doing so, he strains the background of violence from its beginnings. From Sawney Bean and his cannibal family members to Ed Gein, the Wisconsin Necrophile, Wilson illustrates the "changing models of murder" and exhibits a few desire for the long run.

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Buried Memories : The Bloody Crimes and Execution of the Texas Black Widow

By Irene Pence

Behind Her Softly attractive Facade

1985. Gun Barrel urban, Texas. Police looking for lacking fireplace division Captain Jimmy Don Beets dug within a wishing good within the neatly-tended backyard of his spouse, 48-year-old Betty Lou Beets. not just did they locate his physique, yet that of Betty Lou's fourth husband, Doyle Wayne Barker. each one were shot within the head and buried in a napping bag. It wasn't lengthy sooner than investigators unearthed the bad truth.

Lurked A Cold-Blooded Killer

As Betty Lou's sordid prior as a topless dancer, cocktail waitress, and spouse to 5 husbands emerged, so did her chilling path of marital violence. She shot her moment husband, Billy York Lane, within the again. She attempted to run over 3rd husband, Ronnie Threlkeld, with a automobile. either survived to inform their bad tales. yet Barker and Beets, spouses 4 and 5, were not so lucky.

After a sensational trial, Betty Lou Beets was once sentenced to die by means of deadly injection. Fifteen years later, on February 24, 2000, she back drew nationwide awareness by way of turning into the second one lady to be done in Texas because the Civil War.

contains sixteen Pages Of stunning photographs!

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My Dark Places

By James Ellroy

"Astonishing . . . unique, bold, brilliant."
--Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1958 Jean Ellroy was once murdered, her physique dumped on a roadway in a seedy L.A. suburb.  Her killer used to be by no means discovered, and the police disregarded her as a casualty of an inexpensive Saturday evening. James Ellroy was once ten whilst his mom died, and he spent the subsequent thirty-six years operating from her ghost and trying to exorcize it via crime fiction. In 1994, Ellroy give up running.  He went again to L.A., to determine the reality approximately his mother--and himself.  

In My darkish locations, our such a lot uncompromising crime author tells what occurred while he teamed up with an excellent murder cop to enquire a homicide that everybody else had forgotten--and reclaim the mum he had despised, wanted, yet by no means dared to like. What ensues is a epic of loss, fixation, and redemption, a memoir that also is a heritage of the yank approach of violence.

"Ellroy is extra strong than ever."
--The Nation  

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The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding

By Sarah Burns

A riveting, in-depth account of 1 of latest York City’s so much infamous crimes.

On April 20, 1989, the physique of a lady is stumbled on in crucial Park, her cranium so badly smashed that almost eighty percentage of her blood has spilled onto the floor. inside days, 5 black and Latino kids confess to her rape and beating. In a urban the place city crime is at a excessive and violence is widespread, the resultant media frenzy and hysterical public response is notable. The younger males are attempted as adults and convicted of rape, even though the kids fast recant their inconsistent and faulty confessions and that no DNA checks or eyewitness bills tie any of them to the sufferer. They serve their whole sentences ahead of one other guy, serial rapist Matias Reyes, confesses to the crime and is hooked up to it by way of DNA testing.

Intertwining the tales of those 5 younger males, the law enforcement officials, the district legal professionals, the sufferer, and Matias Reyes, Sarah Burns unravels the forces that made either the crime and its prosecution attainable. such a lot dramatically, she offers us a portrait of a urban already beset via violence and deepening rifts among races and periods, whose legislations enforcement, govt, social associations, and media have been undermining the very rights of the contributors they have been designed to protect and defend.

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House

By Kate Summerscale

In June of 1860 three-year-old Saville Kent was once came across on the backside of an out of doors privy along with his throat slit. T he crime horrified all England and ended in a countrywide obsession with detection, mockingly destroying, within the method, the occupation of might be the best detective within the land. Inspector Jonathan Whicher’s genuine legacy, in spite of the fact that, lives on in fiction: the cruel, quirky, all-knowing and all-seeing detective that we all know and love today…from the cryptic Sgt. Cuff in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone to Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher reads just like the better of Victorian thrillers, and has been nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize in London.

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Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Cold Blooded Murder of his Wife and Child (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

Neil looked like a dream come actual for Rachel: a good-looking, impeccably mannered, success-oriented Englishman, the fairytale husband she had dreamed of assembly. by the point Neil and Rachel Entwistle have been husband and spouse, dwelling the great existence in a brand new England city, it was once too past due to wager the reality: that underneath Neil’s attractiveness and manners was once a deceit and darkness…

On a iciness day in 2006, police got here to the Entwistle domestic and located the decomposing our bodies of twenty-seven-year-old Rachel and their nine-month outdated daughter Lillian Rose. Rachel have been shot within the head. Lillian within the abdominal. And Neil was once long gone. quickly, gurus might start a determined seek that might take them around the Atlantic to discover Neil…and carry him to trial.

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Banco: The Further Adventures of Papillon

By Henri Charriere

The sensational sequel to 'Papillon'. 'Banco' maintains the adventures of Henri Charriere - nicknamed Papillon - in Venezuela, the place he has eventually gained his freedom after 13 years of get away and imprisonment. regardless of his unravel to turn into a decent guy, Charriere is quickly focused on hair-raiding exploits with goldminers, gamblers, bank-robbers and revolutionaries - robbing and being robbed, his lust for all times as robust as ever. He additionally runs evening golf equipment in Caracas till an earthquake ruins him in 1967 - while he makes a decision to jot down the ebook that brings his overseas status.

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April: A Mother and Father's Heart-Breaking Story of the Daughter They Loved and Lost

This is often the heartbreaking tale of the kidnapping and homicide of five-year-old April Jones, which sparked the largest police seek in united kingdom heritage. The country used to be surprised through her disappearance from the tiny Welsh village of Machynllech in October 2012. Her physique used to be by no means totally recovered yet paedophile Mark Bridger was once convicted of her homicide and abduction following a month-long trial in may possibly 2013. during this gripping and harrowing booklet, April's heartbroken mom and dad Coral and Paul converse at size approximately their liked daughter and the quest for her, their ordeal as they confronted Bridger in court docket each day through the trial, and their ongoing struggle opposed to the vile baby pornography he considered within the days major as much as April's abduction. They consider with enduring love the daughter who fought so bravely to outlive untimely delivery and delicate incapacity, and who was once enchanted by way of every little thing a bit lady unearths magical. Paul Jones stored a diary through the ordeal, the contents of that are published for the 1st time during this searingly sincere account of unbelievable emotional soreness. along books similar to Madeleineby Kate McCann and see you later Dearest Hollyby Kevin Wells, Aprilwill stand as a poignant reminder of what it capability to lose the article you such a lot love.

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